The Sterling men’s basketball team fell to Northwood University (FL) 72-75, Thursday night in the first round of the NAIA Div. II Men’s National Tournament.
The Warriors who entered the game as the underdogs came out with no fear and started the game on a 6-0 run behind, slashing buckets from Jonathan Woods, Zach Goodrich and Mac Stephenson before the Seahawks got on the board. Sterling led 17-9 with eleven minutes to play, when Randy July nailed a three pointer from the corner. Northwood responded with a 10-6 run and tied the game 24-24 with three minutes to play in the first half. Sterling bounced right back though as they closed the half on a 11-4 run to take the lead at intermission 35-28.
In the second half, the Warriors led up until the fourteen minute mark when Northwood’s DeSean White hit a three pointer giving the Seahawks their first lead of the game 43-46. Sterling answered with a 9-5 run behind three consecutive three pointers from freshman standout Trenton Stutzman. Both teams exchanged leads in the last seven minutes of the game with Stutzman nailing two more three’s down the stretch. With thirty-seconds left in the game Sterling trailed 73-72 and was forced to foul. Northwood made both free throws and Sterling had one last chance to tie the game, but could not get any of their three, three point atte